No Ripcord's 50 Best Albums of 2018

No Ripcord's 50 Best Albums of 2018

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50. Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics

October 19, 2018
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

49. Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

June 1, 2018
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Age Of is an excellent and frequently rewarding album; where one might expect a musical cul-de-sac, there is a 180-degree turn that somehow always feels appropriate, a testament to two years of songcraft that have clearly paid dividends.

48. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
88
23 reviews

As it is, Joy As An Act Of Resistance is shot through with stand-out moments, a great offering that you suspect will well and truly bring the house down when the band hits the road.

47. Adrianne Lenker - abysskiss

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

46. tUnE-yArDs - I can feel you creep into my private life

January 19, 2018
Critic Score
74
33 reviews

I can feel you… is her most sonically sharp weapon to date, and full of plenty to get excited about if you rifle through it.

45. No Age - Snares Like a Haircut

January 26, 2018
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
The duo is older and more experienced, but their core conviction hasn’t changed.

44. The Goon Sax - We're Not Talking

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

In We're Not Talking, The Goon Sax further their modest songcraft by sprucing up their tuneful sorrow.

43. Speedy Ortiz - Twerp Verse

Speedy Ortiz - Twerp Verse
April 27, 2018
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

With their 3rd LP, the Massachusetts four-piece are at their most pop-sensible, with the ever-growing influence of the synths that first made an appearance in second LP Foil Deer before becoming a more focal point of Dupuis's 2016 solo effort, Slugger.

42. Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

For Reznor, if there’s a truth to be found in our place in the world, it’s darker and more complicated than we would like. While he denies us simple solutions, he uses this album to open sounds and atmospheres stranger and more daring than he’s used before.

39. Tim Hecker - Konoyo

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

37. Goat Girl - Goat Girl

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

From the 19-song tracklist of short tunes to the complete disregard for standard song structures, Goat Girl’s self-titled is a punk album in demeanor, if not in style. The result makes for a far more fascinating record than initial singles would have led us to believe. In defying expectations, the band exceeds them.

36. Tirzah - Devotion

August 10, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

34. Exploded View - Obey

September 28, 2018
Critic Score
72
11 reviews

Stylistically eclectic, or maybe even chaotic, Obey is a sublime release, its melancholic moments offered grace and any ounce of frenzy more subtle than overt.

32. Robyn - Honey

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
23 reviews

31. Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus

February 9, 2018
Critic Score
84
17 reviews

With Furman already establishing a consistent sound over his previous records, it was perhaps expected of him to cover some well-worn ground again here. Instead, and appropriately, Transangelic Exodus is an album that constantly takes left turns and refuses to slow. It turns out that with the right driver, there are plenty of miles left on the old road yet.

30. Camp Cope - How to Socialise & Make Friends

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
These are songs about solidarity and overcoming adversity, either through specifically female friendship or finding that strength introspectively. And musically this is a record in the same vein as Modern Baseball or Hop Along - when everything falls into place there are moments when Camp Cope show that they are on their way to surpassing their peers.

29. Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

28. Gwenno - Le Kov

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

27. Jeff Rosenstock - POST-

January 1, 2018
Critic Score
82
14 reviews

26. Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

July 13, 2018
Critic Score
83
27 reviews
At times, the band's genre-bending excursions sometimes result in slightly deformed arrangements that are impressive in scope but not in efficiency. But that shouldn't deter one from Deafheaven's wondrous and impressionistic creation. It is, like most of their polarizing body of work, equal parts off-putting and fiercely inclusive.

25. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

It’s rare that an artist can operate within the pop template, collaborate with household names and still produce work that can be considered as significantly culturally important, but that’s what Hynes manages.

24. Amen Dunes - Freedom

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

What Freedom reveals is McMahon's ever-evolving tapestry, as it affectionally chronicles the human condition with candor and open-hearted curiosity.

23. Soccer Mommy - Clean

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

Allison is a beguiling romantic who doesn’t hold any punches but also considers others’ changing behavior. Always true to her word, she carries onward, and a little more empowered, until it’s time to take on the next hurdle.

22. Mount Eerie - Now Only

March 16, 2018
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

Just like Crow, there's a lot to take in. But Elverum remains unflinchingly committed to his art, where he begins to accept that there may be more to life than death, after all.

21. The Internet - Hive Mind

July 20, 2018
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

20. Thou - Magus

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
82
13 reviews

19. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
69
31 reviews

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino will be written off as a daring diversion for the Arctic Monkeys, a bold career move that deliberately spells out commercial suicide. It's not the first time a band of this stature chooses to find their confidence by taking it slow. But neither is it too daring or too unhinged; in fact, sans the slower, more methodical tempos, many of the songs still fall under their common pairing of doo-wop chord progressions and piercing guitars.

18. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

The performances are muscular and attention-grabbing, and the melodies built around her distress take new and zestful contours.

17. Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar

March 9, 2018
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

Cocoa Sugar is an invigorating listen from beginning to end, and it's hard to imagine any other band making a musical work of art that's as visceral this year.

14. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

June 22, 2018
Critic Score
83
25 reviews
An exceptional record from one of the music world's brightest talents.

13. Beach House - 7

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

11. Low - Double Negative

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

9. Anna Calvi - Hunter

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
81
21 reviews

7. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

That ability for them to effortlessly switch between their influences - whether that’s hardcore, Minutemen or Talking Heads - while also sounding unlike anyone else is why Parquet Courts remain one of the most interesting indie acts around.

6. Iceage - Beyondless

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

More than any other album ... Beyondless puts the hooks front and center, even allowing for radiant shafts of light to grace the corners of their pits of misery.

4. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews
Immense in execution and focus, the album reveals her own characteristics through characters. It hones in on her desires and loneliness, both in and out of all types of relationships.

3. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
80
22 reviews

When it comes down to it, Hope Downs ultimately succeeds thanks to its impressive quality control. There's not a single bad song on here, only slight variances in tone and luster. A similar comparison could be made to R.E.M.'s groundbreaking debut effort, Murmur, and though it won't have the same impact, the album does share that same meticulous rendering of ringing guitars.

2. Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

April 27, 2018
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Her charisma, coupled with her artful and unique touch, positions her on a more commercial field without the slightest compromise. But the real story of Dirty Computer is how Monáe reveals an autobiographical sketch.

1. U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited

February 16, 2018
Critic Score
84
23 reviews

For In A Poem Unlimited, the Canadian-based multi-genre ensemble The Cosmic Range - of which Turnbull is also a member - were added to the roster, structuring disco loops and funk around Remy’s narratives, which our political climate seems to have finally caught up to.

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